Goehring, of Victoria, pronounced dead at scene of accident

Mauricio Julian Cuellar Jr., Alice Echo-News Journal

An autopsy will be conducted today on a 24-year-old man who was killed in an industrial rig accident east of Freer Monday morning, officials at the Medical Examiner's office in Corpus Christi said.

Representatives from Helmerich and Payne Inc. would not comment on the accident Tuesday until the investigation was over later in the week, spokesman Steve Mackey with the legal department of the company said.

Duval County Pct. 3 Justice of the Peace Benny Garza was called to the Helmerich and Payne Inc. drilling site near Freer at 8:30 a.m. Monday after an accident left David Goehring from Victoria dead, the JP said.

Garza would not speculate as to the cause of death or describe the injuries in detail.

He said that when he asked about the circumstances surrounding the industrial accident, the workers at the scene did not know much about the situation of Goehring's death.

Garza called for an autopsy, and the body was sent to Corpus Christi Medical Examiner's Office Monday.

Garza said the body would be taken to a funeral home in Victoria when the autopsy is complete.

The Duval County Sheriff's Department and the Freer Volunteer Fire Department and EMS assisted at the scene.

The cause of death is under investigation and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is also conducting its own investigation.